This past summer, I wrote a post To The Woman With Anxiety – In this post, I shared how I have struggled with worry and anxiety a lot the recent past/present and a way I combat this feeling. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately, so I wanted to expand upon how I battle worry and anxiety in my life with 3 Ways To Battle Worry And Anxiety:
The first thing I do when anxiety strikes is pray. I believe there is so much power in prayer and being able to release those feelings to the Lord is so freeing. I acknowledge that I am filled with anxiety or worry and let the Lord know what I am worried about. After acknowledging the problem, I pray for peace and joy in my relationship with Christ and my life. I pray that He would take away my worry and I acknowledge that those feelings are not from Him. I ask him to settle my heart and replace those feelings of anxiety with joy in Him.
I also pray and speak scripture. The Bible has been described as God’s love letter to us and reading his words on worry/anxiety give me so much peace. This past week, I memorized this verse:
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. – Acts 17:26-27
I love how this tells us God marked out everyones appointed times in history. It ensures me that He has a plan, I am in this place right now for a reason. I have the job I have for a reason, I have the struggles I have for a reason. Everything is in His plan. And it is GOOD. I also love the end of this verse, it says that He did all of this so that we would seek Him, reach out for Him and find Him. It reveals the purpose of our life, to find Him. And it is so comforting that “he is not far from any one of us.”
The third thing I do is have faith and trust in Him. All of these really go together in that I pray, speak/pray scripture, and have faith in Gods plan. If He is real, and His word is true, then He has a plan, He loves me, and His plan is good. The bible tells us that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” I have faith that is God is bigger than my worry. He is bigger than my anxiety. He already knows the details of my life and has a plan for me. I choose to trust in Him.
My prayer is that these three things would give you freedom in Christ from your anxiety and worry. And when it does come, that you would be ready for battle.